Valujet Flight 592 Miami, FL

Flight 592 departed Miami International Airport (MIA) on May 11, 1996 bound for Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport on its routine flight. It was a Sunday afternoon. The airplane was a 27-year-old McDonnell Douglas DC-9 aircraft operated by a discount carrier known at the time as Valujet. Flight 592 pushed back from gate G2 in Miami after a delay of 1 …


Chalks Flight 101 Miami, FL

On December 19, 2005, a Grumman Turbo Mallard (G-73T) amphibious airplane, N2969, crashed into a shipping channel adjacent to the Port of Miami, Florida shortly after takeoff from the Miami Seaplane Base. Flight 101 was a regularly scheduled passenger flight to Bimini, Bahamas with 2 flight crew members and 18 passengers on board. The airplane’s right wing separated during flight. …


Comair 3272 Monroe, MI

Comair On January 9, 1997, an Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica, S/A EMB-120RT, N265CA, operated by COMAIR Airlines, Inc., as flight 3272, crashed during a rapid descent after an uncommanded roll excursion near Monroe, Michigan. Flight 3272 was being operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135 as a scheduled, domestic passenger flight from the Cincinnati/Northern …

Sunrise Man Loses Sense of Smell after Taking Cold Medicine, Suit Alleges

By Rafael A. Olmeda | South Florida Sun Sentinel 7:17 PM EDT, June 22, 2009  SUNRISE – There are serious consequences to losing your sense of smell, but those aren’t the things Frederick Schaffer really misses. He misses the smell outside Cinnabon when he’s walking through the mall. And a really good cup of coffee. And his wife’s perfume. And his …

Lauderdale woman sues pit bull owners in Victoria Park attack

By Juan Ortega | South Florida Sun-Sentinel 4:37 PM EDT, June 5, 2009  FORT LAUDERDALE – A Fort Lauderdale woman injured in an attack by two pit bulls last month in Victoria Park on Friday filed a lawsuit against the dogs’ owners, her lawyer said. Kailen Gonzalez, 25, of Fort Lauderdale, filed the complaint in Broward Circuit Court against Katarzyna Zalewski …

Negligent Maintenance – $385,000 GROSS VERDICT

Premises Liability – Negligent Maintenance – Negligent closure of handicapped restroom stalls – Fall down – Femur fracture – Internal fixation – 20% comparative negligence found.  Broward County, FL The plaintiff alleged that the defendant condominium association created a dangerous condition by negligently blocking access to the handicapped bathroom stalls on its premises. As a result, the plaintiff claimed that …

Publix Settles Wrongful Death Lawsuit

PEMBROKE PINES, FL — On Wednesday, April 18, 2007, Robert Czwartacky went to Publix on South Flamingo Road in Pembroke Pines to shop. He selected shopping cart, entered the water aisle, and slipped and fell on water on the floor, landing squarely on his right knee. He was taken to a local hospital by Pembroke Pines Fire Rescue where a …

French Canadian Tourist Agrees to Pay $400,000 on the Eve of Trial

POMPANO BEACH, FL — Paul F., was an experienced motorcycle rider on the morning of November 10, 2007, but he was no match for the 70-year-old French Canadian tourist, Mr. B, who blew a stop sign in his SUV at the intersection of A1A and N.E. 10th St. cutting him off as he was cruising southbound that fateful Saturday morning. …

$1.4 Million Verdict Involving Negligent Tow Truck Operator

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL — December 21, 2003 was a day that changed the lives of the Dorleans family forever. Esther and Rachelle Dorleans, a mother and daughter, set out from their home near Ocala that afternoon in their Acura Integra to visit Esther’s sister in Miami. Rachelle, who was seventeen, had just started Christmas vacation. Leonard Dorleans, the father, remained …

Confidential Settlement of Wrongful Death Suit Against Hospital

MIAMI, FL — Mrs. S was first injured on August 11, 2008 by a hospital when she slipped and fell on water on the floor breaking her knee cap and breaking her shoulder while she was walking through a hospital for an outpatient medical appointment. She was admitted to the hospital and died due to complications from her fall. Mrs. …

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Confidential Settlement Reached in Wrongful Death Claim

PLANTATION — On February 8, 2008 according to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, a landscaper was cutting Lee Macon’s lawn when Jerome Jackson came out of his house and tried grabbing the lawn mower. Macon and Jackson began fighting, then Macon pulled a gun from the waistband of his pants and fired several shots, fatally wounding Jackson. The dispute was …

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Insurer Tenders Policy Limits Three Times To Settle Wrongful Death Claim

PLANTATION — On May 8, 2010, Joel Stiepleman, 69, died in a motor vehicle accident as he attempted to drive across Pine Island Road from the community where he lived for more than a decade. Stiepleman, a sales representative for a lock manufacturer, is survived by his wife Diane Russo, along with two children and three stepchildren. “He was the …

Sam Coffey, prevails in a claim for wrongful death against a nursing home

Partner, Sam Coffey, prevails in a claim for wrongful death against a nursing home alleging nursing home neglect involving a fall down accident of a 92-year-old woman who sustained a head injury resulting in a subdural hematoma and ultimately the resident’s demise.  This tragic event occurred in Boca Raton, Palm Beach County, Florida. The identities of the parties and the …

Sam Coffey, Esq., settles for $285,000!

Sam Coffey, Esq., settles for $285,000.00 the claim of a 53-year-old social worker against an apartment complex.  The case involved a slip and fall on a staircase that lacked a handrail, had uneven stairs and had a door that swung out over the staircase.  This accident occurred in the Wynwood District of Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida.  The plaintiff sustained a …

Recent Case Settlement in Broward County, Florida for $55,000

Partner, Sam Coffey, obtains a partial settlement in a uninsured/underinsured motorist claim UM involving a rear end motor vehicle accident on I-595 in Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida for $55,000. The driver of the other vehicle was drunk at the time of the accident. There was serious damage to both vehicles and our client suffered herniated discs in his lumbar …

Rear End Settlement for $40,000

Rear end motor vehicle accident involving soft tissue injury resolved for $40,000. 45-year-old female was rear-ended by another driver at a red light. She complained at the accident scene of low back pain. She was treated and diagnosed with lumbar spine injuries and bulging discs were diagnosed by MRI. She had a medical history of prior bulging discs in the …

Rear End Accident Resolved for $40,000

Rear End Accident Resolved for $40,000 Rear end motor vehicle accident involving soft tissue injury resolved for $40,000. 45-year-old female was rear-ended by another driver at a red light. She complained at the accident scene of low back pain. She was treated and diagnosed with lumbar spine injuries and bulging discs were diagnosed by MRI. She had a medical history …

Partner, Sam Coffey, Esq., Recovers Confidential Settlement

Partner, Sam Coffey, Esq., recovers confidential settlement for a man injured when a handheld pump sprayer manufactured by Chapin Industries explosively decompressed as he was using it to spray detergent on a sidewalk causing eye injuries. Mr. Coffey learned through extensive investigation that several other individuals were allegedly injured in a similar manner with similar pump sprayers manufactured by the …

$250,000.00 Settlement for Victim of Motor Vehicle Accident

Partner, Sam Coffey, Esq., obtains $250,000.00, insurance policy limits settlement, for victim of motor vehicle accident resulting in multiple level lumbar spine fusion surgery in Pompano Beach, Broward County, Florida. The plaintiff was a 43-year-old African-American male who was the seat belted driver of the car that was rear ended by motor vehicle on the exit ramp between I-95 and …

$100,000.00 Settlement for Victim of Motor Vehicle Accident

  Sam Coffey, Esq., wins $100,000.00 policy limits settlement for victim of motor vehicle accident resulting in multiple level cervical spine surgery in Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida. The driver the caused the accident had no insurance to this accident. However, the plaintiff had UIM Underinsured motorist benefits of $100,000 that allowed her to collect against her own insurance company …